An Australia Post employee has been suspended and is under investigation after being caught on CCTV allegedly putting postal vote applications in a wheelie bin outside a home in Ipswich.
The pamphlet was sent to residents by Senator Paul Skar at a cost of $13,000.
Annette Weller of Redbank Plains says she couldn’t believe a letter dump was found in her wheelie bin.
“I said to the postman ‘Have you put these in my bin’ and he turned around and said no,” said Ms. Weller.
“I said ‘Dude, you’re on camera’ and I pointed to the camera and he turned and said ‘I’m sorry.
“The thing that made it worse was that it wasn’t the Recycle Bin, it was the Trash Bin.”
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Ms. Weller then went inside and opened a letter identifying Senator Scar as the sender and called.
She says Postie then returned and offered her $10.
“I just turned around and said ‘f**k off. I don’t take bribes’,” says Ms. Weller.
“I was frightened.”
Senator Scar said he was shocked when he found out what had happened.
“It gets to the essence of our democracy. The battle for ideas during elections depends on communication.”
“When I paid $13,000 to mail my letters to Australia Post, I expected them to be delivered. I don’t think it’s too much to ask.
“I really want to congratulate Annette. She noticed something wrong and called her.
“This has given us an opportunity to launch this investigation through Australia Post to see if it is more comprehensive.”
The postal worker has been suspended pending investigation.
Paul Graham, CEO and Managing Director of Australia Post Group, says he is fully aware of the incident and has the full attention of senior management.
“The Australia Post takes matters of this nature very seriously,” says Mr. Graham.
“Australia Post is working with the police and has launched an internal investigation. All members of our team have been thoroughly trained in the correct procedures for handling mail at election time.
“The person involved has been suspended with immediate effect until the outcome of the investigation and we are working with the LNP to deliver these mail items as a priority. We take full responsibility and an unconditional apology. ask for
“The community and Australia Post expect that our posts will always fully meet our service obligations, especially during an election campaign.
“This behavior is completely unacceptable and we will continue to play a vital role during the election along with our team and adhere to our processes and service commitment.”